Greece arms itself with new weapons to combat Turkey in Eastern Mediterranean

Greece arms itself with new weapons to combat Turkey in Eastern Mediterranean

In his speech 2 weeks ago in Greek Parliament, Nikos Panagiotopoulos the Minister of National Defence referred to the increase in the budget for defense but also to the programs that are in full swing and are expected to be implemented in 2021 such as the National Rifle and the national vehicle for the Hellenic Armed Forces.

The total budget of the Ministry of National Defense of Greece for 2021 is increased by about 2.1 billion euros or by 63% more compared to the current year, subject to its further strengthening during the year from the special reserve, in cooperation with the General Accounting Office. Remuneration appropriations show an increase of 4.8% or 110 million euros in absolute terms compared to the ’20, amounting to 2.4 billion euros.

He also noted that Greek Army will aquire more weapon systems in 2021:

Already in 2021, they will run, among other things, the acquisition program of the French fighter aircraft “Rafale” with their weapons but also with the contract of their continuous support, the acquisition program of four multi-role frigates and the modernization program of their mid-life the existing four MEKO class frigates, the upgrading and replenishment of the submarine’s torpedo capacity, the acquisition of new state-of-the-art “Romeo” helicopters with excellent anti-submarine capabilities, new anti-tank weapons for the Army, new guided missiles for the Air Force and the Navy, national rifle and national vehicle programs with significant added value to the domestic defense industry.

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